March 27, 2011
An artificial reef made up of hundreds of sandbags that would raise the ocean floor could become a blueprint to stem erosion along the NSW coast.
Although it is too late to save the homes that have already been demolished because of the advance of the waves, residents at Old Bar near Taree are organising barbecues and selling T-shirts to finance a $40,000 feasibility study into the reef.
Three homes in the area were lost in 2008 – the owner of one is living in the garage at what remains of his property – and a further 20 are at risk, as well as the beachside Meridian Resort comprising privately owned apartments.
Across NSW, beaches in 11 council areas, from Byron Shire Council to Eurobodalla Shire Council, have been identified as regions where five or more houses or roads are at risk of coastal erosion, according to the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water.